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L.A. Sheriff's Official Resigns Over Racially-Insensitive Emails

May 02, 2016  | 

A high-ranking Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department official has resigned in the wake of recent revelations that he shared "inappropriate and unprofessional" emails during his previous job as assistant police chief in Burbank, the L.A. County sheriff announced Sunday.

Tom Angel, who left his position in the Burbank (CA) Police Department last year to become chief of staff for Sheriff Jim McDonnell, came under scrutiny after the Los Angeles Times obtained emails sent by the then-Burbank police official via his department email account including off-color jokes and derogatory statements about minorities, reports the Los Angeles Daily News.

The emails that led to Angel's resignation included insensitive comments about women, Latinos, African-Americans and Muslims.

"Despite the Sheriff's Department's many recent efforts to fortify public trust and enhance internal and external accountability and transparency, this incident reminds us that we and other law enforcement agencies still have work to do," McDonnell said in his statement Sunday. "I intend to turn this situation into a learning opportunity for all LASD personnel."

The sheriff said he plans to hold meetings with groups throughout the county to discuss racial, ethnic and religious tolerance, as well as revisit and reevaluate current training curriculums.

The sheriff's department will also revisit its policies with respect to "ensuring accountability and enhancing cultural and ethnic sensitivity and professionalism among our personnel," McDonnell said.

As one example, the department will begin implementing random audits of the email accounts of sheriff's department personnel, he said.

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Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 5/3/2016 12:16 AM

"Random audits of SO personnel"??? Why would they be doing this? Oh, I forgot, we all have to be politically correct in everything we say, do, or think. Do you want your supervisors checking your personal email just because you might say something politically incorrect? I say politically incorrect things (by obamas standards) ) all the time.

Robert Hillsman, M.D. @ 5/3/2016 12:44 AM

Article does say "his department(al) email account" so no expectation of privacy as I read this...
Former LEO turned trauma doc

plato's playdough @ 5/3/2016 2:21 AM

I checked the link to the LA news article. I found no amplification on the manner in which the department emails were found. It did not say there was an audit of all department emails.

It DOES say they may begin doing random audits.

Is Snowden doing this from afar? Did someone leave their machine unattended while going to lunch?

Whoever got the emails, they took them to a newspaper, the article says that is how the emails were obtained.

Why did I not see anyone commenting on a breach of security?

Or was this a political take-down of Tom Angel?

Note the comments on the LA News article, about "tolerance."

I'd like to see their definition of "tolerance" spelled out in English.

Tolerance doesn't mean to consider them priests of another God.

plato's playdough @ 5/3/2016 2:28 AM

From Police Mag_

A coalition of lawmakers and civil rights groups has a message for the National Park Service: your uniforms and vehicles are "very threatening" to Latinos, reports the Independent Journal.

"It's such a shame that something as simple as the uniform and its similarity to the border patrol's uniform — in the coloring — could be very threatening to certain segments of the Latino population. So a discussion about that is going to be really tough."

"The coalition made multiple recommendations to the Park Service, including:

Assess the cultural implications of existing agency uniforms, offices, signage,"

"Review names of sites throughout system for cultural bias. Some may require comprehensive name changes to reflect a broader and more inclusive history."

LEO (RET) @ 5/3/2016 12:00 PM

The departmental emails are government property and there is no expectation of privacy. Been there, done that. Many a good LEOs lost their careers over social media.

kevcopAz @ 5/5/2016 5:40 PM

"Leo" is correct. Not only is it Departmental e-mail and owned by the Department, one should not be so very stupid to say those things on a Departmental e-mail.I am 100% for the S.O. in this case, this high ranking officer obviously felt that he was above being caught, which shows arrogance and he also shows zero common sense and frankly zero professionalism. Now if those comment were on private email/texts etc even, if most of us would find them repulsive and unprofessional, he would still have free speech rights.Like the case up in SFPD ,a very different story, those officers should never have been fired or forced to resign unless they promoted or committed a criminal act or a Departmental policy (which there was none). People have to remember that we are free as they are when off duty and NOT representing ourselves as representing the department. Many may disagree but I didn't give my rights to free speech when I pinned on a badge but I am responsible for rules when on duty!

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